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Aug 24
Summer Reading: Finish your summer with some great elementary reads

As the summer break winds down, so does our summer reading series, but don’t let this last instalment keep your kids and teens from embracing reading year-round!

Surrey Schools has polled several teacher-librarians for a weekly summer reading series, asking for their recommended reads for July and August. In this final week, Colleen Heidrich, the new teacher-librarian at Cedar Hills Elementary, shares some of her recent favourites for elementary students, all available at the Surrey Public Library and Fraser Valley Regional Library in hard copy or as e-books.

Summer Reading 6 - We Will Rock Our Classmates.jpgWe Will Rock Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (K-3)

“Some of you may know the book We Don’t Eat Our Classmates where we first meet Penelope, who is a T-Rex, and this is another book about her and her school adventures. This time, there is a talent show coming up at school and Penelope wants to play guitar for her friends and rock out, but she’s also afraid. Showing people who you are can be scary. Do you think she’ll be able to do it?”

Summer Reading 6 - The Vanderbeekers.jpgThe Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser (Gr. 3-7)

“Some of you may have read the first book in this series a couple of years ago when it was one of the Surrey Schools books of the year. You don’t have to have read the first one to enjoy this one. This is a story of family, friendships, and bringing something beautiful to the lives of many. A perfectly heartwarming story to escape into and enjoy!”

Summer Reading 6 - Efren Divided.jpg

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros (Gr. 5-7)

“This is a story about an American-born boy named Efrén whose hardworking parents are Mexican and undocumented. Efrén faces many challenges in not only bringing his family back together, but making sure they all get through day-to-day life. This book is about how he deals with these difficult circumstances at only 12 years old. A very timely book and an amazing story...”

Heidrich encourages students to use the home stretch of summer to get lost in a good book – even one they’ve read before! “It doesn't matter as long as you enjoy it!” she says. “Find a way to share with a friend or family member the things you like and don’t like about what you’re reading as well. Talk, write, text, it doesn’t matter!”

You can also check out more recommended K-7 books from Holly Elementary teacher-librarian Macushla Myles here, as well as see all the winners of our Surrey Schools readers’ choice book awards programs.

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